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A surveyor in Fisher German’s Ashby office has received a prestigious award in recognition of her achievements in a rigorous examination set by specialist professional body, the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV). Alex Watts, who joined Fisher German through our graduate scheme, has been presented with the Gavel award for scoring the highest mark in the practical element of the fellowship exams of the CAAV in the Midland Counties region.

The two-day examination takes place on a farm and includes practical, oral and written assessments covering a variety of agricultural topics to test the candidates’ knowledge and skills around rural property and valuation. The CAAV is a specialist professional body representing almost 3,000 members practising in a diverse range of agricultural and rural work throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Alex joined Fisher German’s rural team in 2018 after graduating from Harper Adams University and works on a range of valuation and compulsory purchase work including acting against HS2 and also on behalf of Horizon Nuclear Power, managing their property portfolios in Gloucester and Wales.  She was presented with the Gavel award at the Midland Counties Agricultural Valuers Event at Fawsley Hall, in Northamptonshire, by Fisher German Partner John Ikin, who is also current President of the Midlands Counties branch of the association.

Alex said: “It’s a very challenging assessment with strict timings and only around a third of those taking the exam passed, so I am extremely proud to have achieved the highest marks in the practical element. Fisher German has been very supportive throughout my exams, and it is excellent to work for a firm that values colleague development and has a clear career progression framework.”

John added: “Alex works in my team, so it was particularly pleasing to present her with the award to mark her achievement. Fisher German has always performed well in the Midland Counties CAAV exams; I also received the same prize when I took the examinations and last year we were delighted that the written exam award was presented to Mary Eyles in our rural team. It is a two-day exam where candidates are required to complete live scenario reports and is a very gruelling process. Fisher German is a long-standing supporter of the CAAV, and I would like to congratulate Alex on the award and wish her the best of luck in her career.”

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